The Indiana Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) provides statewide leadership for healthy eating and active living to help prevent and reduce incidences of overweight, obesity and related chronic diseases for Hoosiers of all ages. The DNPA’s goal is to create healthier environments in school, community, worksite and healthcare settings, while enhancing the quality of life of Indiana residents. Through partnership and public health efforts, the DNPA provides education, trainings and an increase of statewide standards and opportunities that support best practices in physical activity and nutrition.
The DNPA’s role as Indiana’s leading body for public health efforts is complemented by the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative
and Indiana Comprehensive Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, 2010-2020
. These initiatives offer strategies for increasing physical activity and healthy eating; they also provide a framework of action for policy makers, public and private organizations and community members to work together to educate, advocate and build environments that support health, wellness and vitality for all Indiana residents.
The role of the DNPA is to:
- Provide statewide leadership that prioritizes nutrition and physical activity policies, as well as environmental changes across Indiana, in all settings and special populations.
- Support the nation’s efforts to address public health policies and establish both successful and sustainable interventions for physical activity and nutrition needs.
- Encourage and support effective education and promotion programs and promote changes that help Hoosiers eat better and be more physically active.
- Maintain a comprehensive surveillance system for the ongoing, systematic collection of nutrition, physical activity and obesity data, as well as policy and environmental change information.
Contact us or visit our tabs to learn more about how each sector of the DNPA plans, implements, evaluates and works collaboratively with partners to promote wellness throughout the State of Indiana.
Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204